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GOOD NEWS: Covid-19 cases, death hit lowest levels in Africa – WHO

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in Africa has dropped to its lowest levels since the pandemic began in 2019.

WHO said Africa is experiencing its longest-running decline in weekly COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

The international organization made the disclosure in a statement on Thursday. It revealed that Covid-19 infections due to the omicron surge had “tanked” from a peak of more than 308,000 weekly cases to fewer than 20,000 last week.

The health body also said that cases and deaths fell by 29% and 37% respectively in the last week whiles deaths decreased to 239 from the previous week.

Recall that africanewswatch.com reported that several African countries had begun to announce reviews on covid-19 regulations due to the decrease in recorded cases and death. Some of the reported countries on this platform are NamibiaGhana, and South Africa, amongst others.

“With the virus still circulating, the risk of new and potentially more deadly variants emerging remains, and the pandemic control measures are pivotal to effective response to a surge in infections,” said WHO Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti.

Earlier this week, WHO said scientists in Botswana and South Africa detected new forms of the omicron variant, labeled as BA.4 and BA.5, but aren’t sure yet if they might be more transmissible or dangerous.

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South African police arrests woman over racist rant calling for blacks to be killed instead of pitbulls

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The police in South Africa have arrested a self-proclaimed pitbull advocate, Belinda Magor, after she made racist remarks calling for black people to be killed and banned instead of pitbulls.

Mayor’s comments came following a recent spree of attacks on people by pitbulls in different parts of the country.

On Sunday, November 20, a 3-year-old boy was attacked and killed by two pitbulls in the Sekoti-mpate province which led to a protest by residents of the area.

In another incident on Wednesday November 23, a 15-month-old baby was also mauled by a pitbull at Gonubie Farm in East London, led to more anger as residents went into town and rounded up pit bulls and set them on fire.

In the leaked Whatsapp voicenote, Magor sent to group of pitbull owners and advocates, she was heard saying:

“What I say is ban the blackman. They rape, they steal, they kill, worse than any pitbull could, and they get away with it.

“Ban those that are making the laws, ban Ekurhuleni, ban the blackman. Get all the black women and cut out their uteruses and their ovaries that they cannot procreate because they will all turn out the same because they are all the same.

“I’m very passionate about this. Ban them, kill them, shoot them. Get rid of them because they are the problem. Not pitbulls, not animals.

“Animals are beautiful, and they deserve, er, warm bed, er food, love and attention and everything else. God created those animals. Who created the black man, do you think God? I don’t think so.”

Confirming the arrest of Magor, South African Police Servies (SAPS) spokesperson, Colonel Brenda Muridili, said “a case of crimen injuria was opened on November 25, 2022, at Boksburg North and transferred to Putfontein Police Station for investigation.

“The suspect, aged 60 years old, was arrested and released the same day on a warning to appear in court on March 27, 2023,”

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Botswana woman executed in Bangladesh for drug trafficking

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An African woman from Botswana, Lesedi Molapisi, was on Friday, executed in Bangladesh after she was found guilty and sentenced to death for trafficking over 3kg of heroin into the country.

According to New Age Bangladesh, Molapisi, 30, was reportedly arrested at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in January this year after the airport’s customs officials and intelligence officials intercepted while crossing the green channel after they had received information that she has smuggled drugs into the country.

The Bangladeshi news website reported that customs officials confirmed that they seized over 3kg of the heroin-like granular substance worth Tk 20 crore in eight polybags upon scanning Molapisi’s bag.

The Bangladeshi cabinet had approved a draft law prescribing the death penalty for drug offences in 2018. The law also supported the Narcotics Control Act 2018, which mandates either the death penalty or life imprisonment for anyone convicted of committing a range of drug offences.

Under the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898, “when any person is sentenced to death, the sentence shall direct that he be hanged by the neck till he is dead.”

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